Taking it out on the wall

On February 6, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were summoned to Rockland Trust Bank on Highland Ave. last week on reports of vandalism at that location.

Investigating officers were briefed on the situation by the reporting party, the bank’s branch manager. They were shown a section of the building’s wall in the front ATM vestibule that had been severely damaged. A section of the wall underneath a table built into the wall reportedly had a hole in it approximately two feet square.

The officers then reviewed surveillance footage captured by the bank’s security cameras reportedly showing the events that caused the damage. The video reportedly showed two individuals, a male and a female, entering and leaving the vestibule during the previous evening.

One officer recognized the female as being Alicia Czernetzky, 29, of Cambridge. The video showed that Czernetzky was sleeping under the table at around 5:30 a.m. Shortly thereafter the video reportedly showed Czernetzky’s male companion standing nearby, and what appeared to be a verbal dispute took place. Czernetzky was reportedly seen punching and kicking the wall, causing the reported damage.

The officers secured copies of the surveillance videos and were told by the bank’s representatives that they wanted charges pressed against the alleged vandals.

Czernetzky was soon spotted at the MBTA station on College Ave. and was detained for questioning.

Although she admitted that she was in the bank’s vestibule, and that she was probably highly intoxicated, she denied causing damage to the bank’s wall.

Based on the video evidence Czernetzky was placed under arrest and charged with malicious wanton defacement.


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